With operational costs rising and the ability to retain volunteers diminishing, the Silverton Ambulance Service is hoping to get a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to boost its funding to keep the ambulances on the road.
Exactly what that ballot question will say has yet to be determined, but Kyle Mesich, ambulance service director, said the agency is leaning toward asking for a 1 percent increase in the countywide sales tax, enough to generate around $100,000 a year.
“We’re starting to get very concerned about what’s going to happen with the organization,” Mesich told the Silverton Town Council on Monday. “We have serious funding issues.”
Mesich said the cost of fuel and medical supplies keeps rising and the ambulance service has had difficulty finding volunteers willing to work for no pay.
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